Murray's agreement said he could lose his job if the tour was postponed or canceled, leading him to make unsafe medical decisions, they argue. Murray told investigators he treated Jackson with propofol most nights for the last two months of his life. The Jacksons contend the treatments began once AEG Live co-CEO Paul Gongaware agreed in a phone call to Murray's demands for $150,000 a month. "The timing of when Dr. Murray ordered propofol is a matter of factual dispute (as to whether that means Dr. Murray used it prior to AEG's retention of him)," the judge wrote. "The court finds that plaintiffs presented sufficient evidence that Dr. Murray's treatment of decedent was connected to Murray's employment by AEG. Therefore defendants' motion for nonsuit is denied." AEG Live execs dropped from suit AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips and co-CEO Paul Gongaware were dismissed as individual defendants in the case. The two executives in charge of producing and promoting Jackson's comeback concerts "did not assume personal liability" when dealing with the hiring of Murray, Palazuelos wrote.
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Michael Jackson wrongful death trial moves closer to verdict
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blog Two metro area law firms have filed the first wrongful death lawsuit in Colorado against a retail store for selling synthetic marijuana known as aSpice.a The lawsuit a filed in Denver District Court this week by attorney David S. Woodruff , of Hillyard, Wahlberg, Kudla, Sloane & Woodruff , Denver, and Chris Jeffress of Jeffress Law PC, Boulder, alleges that a Kwik Stop convenience store in Colorado Springs sold the Spice that killed Nicholas A. Colbert , 19, on Sept. 21, 2011. The Kwik Stop at 1125 S. Chelton Road is owned by Family Market, LLC, according to the complaint. The suit claims that Kwik Stop store owners sold Spice to Colbert in a bottle labeled aMr. Smiley,a which contained chemicals that had been banned and were illegal in Colorado. The lawsuit alleges that the bottle did not identify the identity of the manufacturer of the drug, did not identify that it contained banned and highly dangerous chemicals, and did not warn of the dangers of smoking or consuming the drug, as required moved here by federal and state laws.
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PHOTOS: Michael Jackson | 1958-2009 AEG argues that Murray worked for Jackson and that any money it was supposed to pay the physician was actually an advance to the singer. Our claim is why would AEG want a contract with Dr. Murray if they didnt want some control over him, Jackson attorney Kevin Boyle said outside the courtroom. AEG negotiated Murrays $150,000 a month deal, and neither Jackson nor his representatives saw a draft of the contract. Murray signed the contract the day before Jackson died in June 2009, but his is the only signature on the contract. Murray, who gave Jackson the anesthetic at the singers rented Holmby Hills mansion, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and is serving a jail sentence. He invoked his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination when asked to give a deposition in the wrongful death case, Boyle said, and did not testify. Unlike a criminal case, the jury does not have to find beyond a reasonable doubt, only that it is more likely to be true than not true, Judge Yvette Palazuelos told jurors.
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Closing Arguments To Begin In Jackson Wrongful Death Suit
Zachary's family has been going through a tough time as a result of her death, Gaines' attorney, Julia Beasley, said. "It's a tragedy that nobody wants to ever have to go through," she said. "It has been terrible for all them. It's just been a real tragedy for their entire family." Purvis' father, William Purvis Sr., a Mississippi resident, also is a defendant in the lawsuit. William Purvis Sr. was listed as the owner of the vehicle that William Purvis Jr. was driving when the crash happened, according to the lawsuit.
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Wrongful death lawsuit filed in fatal Baldwin County wreck
She claims AEG negligently hired Dr. Conrad Murray to care for the singer as he prepared for his ill-fated This Is It comeback concert series and wants the firm to be held liable for her sons death. Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jacksons death and sentenced in November 2011 to four years in the Los Angeles County mens jail. AEG officials say the company cannot be held responsible for Jacksons death. Attorneys for AEG, who rested their defense Sept.18 , argued Jackson maintained secrecy surrounding his medical care, including the treatment Dr. Conrad Murray was providing inside Jacksons bedroom when the pop star died from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol in June 2009. After a 21-week trial, lawyers for the Jackson family will have four hours to make their initial presentation starting at 10 a.m. The plaintiffs attorneys, who have the burden of proof, will then get a second chance to speak to the jury following statements made by AEGs lawyers, who will be given four hours on Wednesday. Attorneys for the Jackson family are expected to address how much money they think the family should be awarded. Experts in the case have estimated that number to be $1 billion based on projections of what Jackson could have earned if he lived.
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